Millikin University’s School of Music is pleased to announce that Aaron Villarreal, a junior percussionist from Decatur was named winner of Millikin’s 10th annual Hollis Prize Competition on March 31.
In recognition of this accomplishment, Villarreal will perform a recital on Friday, April 20 at 12:15 p.m. at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library, located at 400 S. State St.
Aaron Villarreal is currently majoring in percussion performance in Millikin’s School of Music. He has played with the Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, World Percussion Ensemble, One Voice and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. In addition to Millikin-affiliated ensembles, Villarreal has performed throughout Decatur with groups such as the Decatur Municipal Band and Opus 24.
Villarreal also performs as a soloist, specifically playing the marimba, and has played in venues ranging from local churches to the Decatur Area Arts Council center. He has performed twice in Millikin’s Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Recital and in numerous area recitals and performance classes. After receiving his degree from Millikin, Villarreal plans to continue studying percussion performance in graduate school.
The Hollis Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding music student in good academic standing following a competition between three finalists selected by the School of Music faculty. This significant award was made possible through a gift from Dr. C. Kimm Hollis ’72, department chair and professor of music at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind.
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